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Without sounding too basic- we all have the power to make positive choices everyday. Both with food and our overall disposition. So why isn’t that always the case? Well, obviously there are a lot of other annoying things are at play that can influence our decisions to live a healthy life from stressful work situations to our friends to even being alone. However, after reading the new book Eat With Intention: Recipes and Meditations for a Life that Lights You Up by Cassandra Bodzak, a global meditation and wellness teacher, we feel better equipped to mentally tackle the many facets in our lives, enabling us to better connect to our minds and bodies.
Though this gorgeous healthy living cookbook, Bodzak charts the course for a life-changing experience through the combines daily meditation with plant based recipes. This mind/food connection is the focal point of the book where you will discover some amazing recipes that start with various mediations. This was particularly eye-opening as Bodzak doesn’t focus on eliminating food groups or a trendy cleanse, but rather, her program is targeted towards listening to your body, quiet your mind, and quite literally, eat with intention.
With our busy lives that are only growing busier by the minute, we found the thoughtful mediations to be super specific, easy to follow and actually didn’t take that much time to try. Even taking a minute to focus on our breathing, mind and body, as charted by Bodazk, left us feeling lighter and more energized. Each mediation was also followed up an uplifting quote (we are suckers for those) that you can write down and refer to throughout the day. Overall, the book served as a gentle guide that nudged us along way, providing us with easy-to-understand guidance and resources in how live abundantly and more healthfully. And more so then that provided us with the tools to navigate the rocky terrain of our minds.
And of course we couldn’t do a review without mentioning the recipes. The pages of the book are filled with an incredible collection of delicious meals ranging from soups to salads to healthy bites for breakfast. Oh, and the desserts are not to missed where we loved trying out the key lime pie bars and cocoa cupcakes.
Below, we are happy to share a recipe from the book that demonstrates Bodzak’s mind/body/food practice.
Distractions are everywhere these days, especially with smart phones and social media vying for our attention throughout the day. My daily focusing weapon is always my meditation and reciting what I’m here to do. What’s your mission statement? I’ll give you a hint: For all of us, at its core, it is being a living example of love incarnate. When we adjust our focus through our divine purpose, we have a lot more power when it comes to steering clear of mindless distractions. This potion is a bit of a secret weapon of mine for days when shiny objects are getting the better of me. The sweet combination of grapes with the alkalizing punch of kale and celery perks you up while magical rosemary focuses all that good energy in the area you need it!
DIVINE PURPOSE VISUALIZATION
Sit in easy pose with your eyes closed and focused on your third-eye point (the space between your eyebrows). Take long, deep breaths in through your nose and out your mouth. Feel your body come into a calm balance. Now, bring what your purpose on this planet is to the top of your mind. If you are unclear of what your purpose is, use “I am here to be love,” because that is all of our main purpose. Allow it to be your mantra for a few moments, letting it roll around your head, down your spine, and through your breath flow. Now bring to mind what this would look like to you. How do you behave? How do people around you feel and act? What’s the ripple effect in the world? Allow these images to flood your mind for the next 3 to 5 minutes before bringing yourself back to your original purpose statement, taking a deep breath in, holding it, and releasing it.
Yield: 1 serving INGREDIENTS 3 celery stalks 2 cups (134 g) baby kale 1 cup (150 g) grapes 3 drops rosemary essential oil 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, to garnish
1. Put celery, kale, and grapes into a juicer and juice into a large glass. 2. Stir in the rosemary oil, garnish with sprigs of rosemary, and serve immediately.
We were provided a sample for review. All opinions are our own.
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Having problem skin sucks. There’s really no way to get around that fact. As someone who has had a dot pop up on her skin since she was 15-years-old, I’ve been on a mission to better understand my finicky skin to figure out how to treat, and hopefully eventually heal it! Diet has been a huge factor in changing the way my skin looks (and feels!) as I’m still continuing to figure out what foods cause flare-ups and which ones my skin is cool with. But even with my love of kale salads and trying so, so hard to break-up with ice cream, I still occasionally break out!
So, in the quest to calm down the flare-ups and bumps, I’ve also been vigilant about seeking out products that clear up my skin, and hopefully help not to leave any scars in their wakes. An issue that’ve noticed with over-the-counter acne products is that they are super harsh, often leaving my skin red, tingly, and even burning. Yikes! Since I try to eat as healthy and with organic foods as much as possible, it makes sense that my beauty regime follows suit, which is how I recently found out about the Clear Skin Elixir from Hello Aglow.
This overnight pink clay mask has been a wonder! Containing no (as in zero) Parabens or Pegs, the elixir (don’t you just love that word?!) contains 19 whole, plant and organic ingredients such as French pink clay, coral, and raspberry seed oil that works to smooth and refine your pores. Having been using this product for a few weeks, I am loving how it calms down my oily skin as it works to regulate my skin and crazy oil levels. Having tried tons of products in the past, I love how it doesn’t burn or irritate my skin where I wake up with smoother skin that’s way less irritated and red. It is also said to reduce enlarged pores, scars, and inflammation, so I can’t wait to continue to use it to see those results. Great for skin that’s sensitive, blemish Prone, oily, and mature, you simply have to apply a layer of the gentle mask to your skin as it helps to hydrate and provide nutrients to your face.
While this mask is a higher price point ($49 per bottle), I found that it’s worth it because it is actually working! And it contains natural ingredients that aren’t causing my skin to freak out.
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We are so excited about the opening of a new healthy food restaurant over in Los Angeles. husband and wife team Richard Torres and Lizbeth Sanchez, Wild Living Foods is a casual and stylish “Neo-Pueblo” inspired plant-based all-day restaurant. The concept is inspired by the couple’s “Food Is Spirit” philosophy, with the goal of educating others about the power of clean food and its healing qualities.
More about Wild Living Foods
With over 40-years of combined experience cooking gourmet plant-based cuisine, the culinary team is led by executive chef Belinda Wei, chef de cuisine Alex Gomez, and sous chef Abel Gomez (husband of Alex). Serving a diverse menu including dishes such as warm kelp noodle pasta, quinoa bowls, and signature salads like Ojai Ranch and medicinal herb salads, all dishes will highlight local, organic ingredients. Wild Living Foods will also feature a wide variety of grab-n-go items made fresh each day, throughout the day, giving locals living and working in Downtown LA and adjacent neighborhoods the opportunity to eat clean, feel energized, and keep powering through their busy schedules.
Spearheading the beverage program is Santino Rice, best known for his appearances on Project Runway, On The Road With Austin & Santino and RuPaul’s Drag Race. In line with Wild Living Foods philosophy that “Food is Spirit” with medicinal benefits, Rice is introducing a wide assortment of: juices and tonics that target various improving digestion, building natural immunities, and detoxification; healing elixirs that assist with one’s mood, performance, and breathing; and creamy milkshakes made with power foods and activated smoothies made with superfoods and other active ingredients.
The 2,800-square-foot-space features a bright and beautiful Neo-Pueblo design, anchored by a large, multi-wall, hand-painted mural by artist Jaque Fragua from Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico. His work features elements inspired from traditional Native American ceramics, blankets, and other motifs of traditional design, bridging Neo-Pueblo aesthetic with the all-natural, earth-based dishes offered. In addition, owners Liz and Richard worked with local artisans and craftspersons to create many of the other unique and stunning design elements by-hand, including the entire back wall of Wild Living Foods which is covered with reclaimed wood from vintage wine barrels, hand-cut and stained. In addition, the space features original 1928 vintage Malibu Potteries tiles running along the salad and remedy bars. Malibu Potteries tiles – were only produced in limited supply at the original factory just east of Malibu Pier, from 1926-1932 – are famous for also gracing countless historic homes and buildings in Los Angeles, including the Adamson House, The Mayan Theatre, and Los Angeles City Hall.
Wild Living Foods Info:
Wild Living Foods
760 Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Wild Living Foods will be open seven days a week: Monday-Friday, 8am-Midnight; Saturday, 9am-Midnight; Sunday, 9am-7pm. For more information visit http://www.wildlivingfoods.com/. Check them out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @wildlivingfoods for current updates.
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